Despite what the naysayers would have you believe*, party season is right around the corner and that can mean only thing thing; copious excuses to get dressed up and have a good time. Even if your mantlepiece isn’t heaving with stacks of elegantly gilt-edged invites, December is basically 31 days of free reign to wear what you want on a night out – whether that night out is knocking back cocktails at the Savoy or supping pints at your local.
I love any excuse to get dressed up in frivolous outfits, so when TK Maxx asked me to choose my pick of their best party dresses I jumped at the chance. My love of TK Maxx knows no bounds – I’ve bought half the Spring/Summer 2009 Luella collection thanks to their Gold Label section, and the opening of a new branch just down the road in New Cross Gate has made my Sunday morning grocery trip far more fun.
Anyway, less about me and more about partying.
The 1902s look is set to be a huge trend in 2012, thanks largely to Baz Luhrmann’s impending remake of The Great Gatsby and also, perhaps, the fact that it’s my favourite era. Flapper frocks are perfect for parties – all heavy beading, sparkle, movement and, uh rouged knees and rolled stockings. TK Maxx has a top range of cocktail dresses, ideal for any budding Nancy Cunard or Elizabeth Ponsonby – here are my favourites.
Everything you see above is from TK Maxx, including various pieces of Hilfiger, Costume National and Paul Costelloe. Check out the entire range of TK Maxx party dresses online and in store now – you can also pick up selected pieces from the Gold Label range online, which is only feeding my Luella habit further. Oops.